Bad Axe County by John Galligan

Title: Bad Axe County

Author: John Galligan

Release Date: July 9, 2019

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis: Dennis Lehane meets Megan Miranda in this tense, atmospheric thriller about the first female sheriff in rural Bad Axe County, Wisconsin, as she searches for a missing girl, battles local drug dealers, and seeks the truth about the death of her parents twenty years ago—all as a winter storm rages in her embattled community.

Fifteen years ago, Heidi White’s parents were shot to death on their Bad Axe County farm. The police declared it a murder-suicide and closed the case. But that night, Heidi found the one clue she knew could lead to the truth—if only the investigators would listen.

Now Heidi White is Heidi Kick, wife of local baseball legend Harley Kick and mother of three small children. She’s also the interim sheriff in Bad Axe. Half the county wants Heidi elected but the other half will do anything to keep her out of law enforcement. And as a deadly ice storm makes it way to Bad Axe, tensions rise and long-buried secrets climb to the surface.

As freezing rain washes out roads and rivers flood their banks, Heidi finds herself on the trail of a missing teenaged girl. Clues lead her down twisted paths to backwoods stag parties, derelict dairy farms, and the local salvage yard—where the body of a different teenage girl has been carefully hidden for a decade.

As the storm rages on, Heidi realizes that someone is planting clues for her to find, leading her to some unpleasant truths that point to the local baseball team and a legendary game her husband pitched years ago. With a murder to solve, a missing girl to save, and a monster to bring to justice, Heidi is on the cusp of shaking her community to its core—and finding out what really happened the night her parents died.

My Review: First and foremost I want to thank #AtriaBooks for sending me an advanced readers copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review! Thank You!

From the start we get to know some key characters and a little bit about them. There’s a new sheriff in town, and she’s here to bring change to Bad Axe County. A town with crime, corruption, even sex trafficking. What we quickly realize is that not everyone is happy with a female being appointed sheriff. 

Heidi Kick is determined to prove she can make a change to Bad Axe County. Before she can do this, she must encounter many obstacles, and uncover truths about her past. 

The novel is very fast paced, and graphic at moments. It may be hard to read for some, like it was for me. It’s filled with suspense, and twists along the way. 

If you enjoy a dark mystery, with different stories that come together and are all connected, you will enjoy this read. 

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Love, Ellie

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